About

Aneeta Sundararaj

Dr. Aneeta Sundararaj
Aneeta Sundararaj is an exceptional writer, poet and columnist who enthrals readers with her own unique and sublime signature style of narrating, be it a novel or a story piece or even an interview column for a newspaper, like the one she did with me sometime ago.
Your work is of the highest quality ... poetry, photographs, intent ... it opens people's eyes to see from a more aspirational perspective.  I have no doubt the Divine is working through you.

Aneeta Sundararaj trained as a lawyer and practised for five years before she decided to pursue her dream of writing. On her own, she created and developed this website and called it ‘How to Tell a Great Story’. The aim was to make it a resource for storytellers.

To date, she’s worked on several book projects such as, My Cholesterol Journey, Set Yourself Free; Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurveda Practitioner in Malaysia, Ladoo Dog: Tales of a Sweet Dachshund, The Banana Leaf Men, Mad Heaven: Biography of Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. M. Mahadevan, etc.

Aneeta's writing has appeared in many magazines, ezines and journals. By contributing more than 250 feature articles to a national newspaper, New Straits Times, she has been fortunate enough to come into contact with people who have fascinating stories to tell. Many of them have enhanced her experiences and understanding of her home, Malaysia. She strives to share some of these stories on this website. 

Aneeta’s most recent and bestselling novel, The Age of Smiling Secrets was shortlisted for the Anugerah Buku 2020 organised by the National Library of Malaysia. Incidentally, The Legend of Nagakanna (an edited version of Chapter 9 in this novel) is published in an anthology called We Mark Your Memory: Writings from the Descendants of Indenture, School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, 2018. Meanwhile, Ammavasai (an edited version of Chapter 14 in this novel) is published in an anthology called Autumn Gales by The Alcove Publishers, 2020.

Aneeta is also a proud Patron of Sutra Foundation and the Royal Society of Literature

All the while, she continued to pursue her academic interests and, in 2021, successfully completed a doctoral thesis entitled ‘Management of Prosperity Among Artistes in Malaysia’.

Short Stories
Ammavasai – Autumn Gales by Alcove Publishers (2020)
The Legend of Nagakanna – We Mark Your Memory: Writings from the Descendants of Indenture (2018)
The Legend of Nagakanna – Usawa Literary Review (2021)
The Flame - Longlisted in Exeter Literary Festival (September 2021)
– My Third Grandmother - Highly Commended in Glittery Literary (October 2021 - Glittery Literary Anthology Three)
Chakra Monsters - Longlisted in Strands International Flash Fiction Competition 14 (November 2021) 
Kupcake - Longlisted in Strands International Flash Fiction Competition 14 (November 2021)
– Talking to Someone - Longlisted in Strands International Flash Fiction Competition 15 (January 2022)
– My Wonderful Family - Longlisted in Strands International Flash Fiction Competition 15 (January 2022)
– Someone To Talk To - Shortlisted in Glittery Literary (February 2022 - Glittery Literary Four)
My Goldie Dreaming - Winning Entry (2nd Place) in FemmeFluenza 2.0 (Out of my BOX II) by WriteFluence (March 2022)
- A Dead Handbag
A Touch of Pink - Inner Wheel District 330 Newsletter (Issue 4, April 2022)
Wonky Syntax - Shortlisted in WriteWords 22 - The Phare (April 2022)
- Taman - Winner, WriteFluence Singles Season II (April 2022)
– Exactly Like That - Shortlisted and 'Honourable Mention' in Strands International Flash Fiction Competition 16 (April / July 2022)
- A Divine Embrace - Moss Puppy Magazine (2nd Issue) - Puppy Love (May 2022)
My Khandan - Full House Literary Magazine: Tarot Issue 2 (May 2022)
Metopia - Indian Periodical (May 2022)
- Meta & Verse - Shortlisted for The Write Time Anthology (May 2022)
- A Little Bird - WriteFluence - Mr. Rosewood Short Story (June 2022)
- Moonset at Angkor - Fahmidan Journal Issue 12 (June 2022)
- Lolita - The Minison Project, Issue 2 (June 2022)
- Visitation Rights - Livina Press Issue 1 (June 2022)
- A Forever Bond - Honey Guide Magazine (July 2022)
- Visitation Rights - Erato Magazine (July 2022)
- The Interlude - Story Nook (August 2022)
- Nuns & Roses - Spare Parts Lit (August 2022)
- Tapasya - Longlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize 2022 (August 2022)
- Wonky Syntax - Secert Attic: September Results (October 2022)
- My Third Grandmother - Livina Press  Issue 2 (October 2022)
- Chum-One - Grave Mistakes: Halloween 2022 (Short Story Challenge Anthologies) (October 2022)

Books

Below are some of the books (anthologies, biographies, novels and collections) that Aneeta has either worked on or had stories included in them.  Some of these books are no longer in print.